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Online Collaborative Project Network

Published 05/28/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

CollabFinder is a network of skilled individuals offering their services and knowledge to become part of a collaborative project. The website breaks its community down into four main categories, including developers, designers, illustrators and writers. Users can also search across all categories with the “Everybody” tab. The website also provides further filtering options by letting users explore people or companies. Each individual profile can include an image, interests, experience, skills, mutual friends and a text entry field that lets users pitch their idea to the user. Company profiles show the user location details, number of people associated and areas and industries related to the company. CollabFinder helps users find the people and organizations that have the skills and resources to work on a collaborative project.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

CollabFinder was created to help professionals and companies get together and make things happen. The application holds a lot of promise, however it still needs to grow into the shoes it is trying to fill. The community is active and covers a lot of geographic ground however some locations are still untouched by CollabFinder. Other places only have two or three professionals listed. The site was re-launched in April of 2012 to offer a modern environment and convenient collaborative partner search solution.

What are the differences to other apps?

CollabFinder is a basic listing website that focuses entirely on collaborative projects. There are many other sites that users can explore to find website designers, developers, illustrators or writers. The main difference is CollabFinder’s focus on the collaboration. Users sign up with the intention of being a part of a collaborative project. The community is still growing but may be very useful to individuals with good ideas but a lack of skills in certain areas.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

CollabFinder keeps things simple with a bold red and white color scheme. The design is very clean with no visual distractions or other obstacles to slow the user down. The user profiles are somewhat plain. The user can spice things up by adding a photograph or image, but this is still rather limiting. The up side is that visitors can easily find the information they need thanks to the basic layout.

How does the registration process work?

New users can join the CollabFinder community by clicking the blue “Sign Up” button along the right hand side of the homepage. Doing so takes the user to the Facebook login area. After logging in, the user must give the application access to their profile. This is the only registration option currently available. Users who do not wish to link their Facebook accounts will not be able to join.

What does it cost to use the application?

Anyone can join CollabFinder for free. There are no subscription fees and the user doesn’t have to pay to communicate with other members. This allows the application to include a wide range of individuals without restricting or deterring anyone. Users can sign up with Facebook and begin inviting people they know or exploring a community of new, skilled individuals and companies.

Who would you recommend the application to?

CollabFinder is a helpful tool for anyone that needs skilled professionals to work on a project. Users can browse individuals or companies and invite the people they know through Facebook. The service is also appealing to companies who are in need of specific skills as well as those who might be interested in helping someone get their idea up and running. The service is free and the website is user friendly.

  • Create a profile seen by companies and individuals with ideas
  • Search for people with specific skills in a certain geographic area
  • Browse companies and find users related to them
  • Discover professionals interested in working on projects
  • Categories let users filter searches by profession

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